Jura Shust is currently presenting his project «Neophyte II» at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine

08 April 2021

Our gallery artist Jura Shust is currently presenting his project «Neophyte II» in the framework of «Every Day. Art, Solidarity, Resistance», a group exhibition at Mystetskyi Arsenal (Kyiv, Ukraine).

At the time when Belarus is shaken by a major political crisis accompanied by mass protests and unprecedented repressions, while the whole world is gripped by a pandemic, Jura Shust films how a group of Belarusian millennials finds themselves in a parallel world. Accompanied by an artist who is both a mediator and a cameraman, young people go through a series of mysterious rituals that refer to both ethnic myths and the aimless pastime of modern youth: they make drawings on the ground, burn a tree stump with fire, sing, beat each other with nettles and decode the emerging burns. The forest becomes a place of protection, a shelter for magical and partisan forces, a space of non-linearity and freedom.

As the artist himself writes, «It is a looking-glass world – time here moves in a loop, the past and the future are united, and each sound echoes over the tree crowns to get back to the throat that produced it. A sacred forest surrounds a constellation of eye-like lakes, no one counts days or nights here, and every morning the light is born».

The exhibition will run until May 4, 2021.